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 Chicago priest protests same-sex marriage, won't sign civil marriage licenses

The Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon is getting out of the civil marriage business.
The Orthodox Christian priest on Chicago's North Side says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes same-sex matrimony reinforces his recent decision to no longer sign licenses that make marriages valid in the eyes of the state and now the nation.

That doesn't mean Reardon won't do weddings. On the contrary, he gladly will bless the union of a Christian man and woman and perform the sacrament of marriage. But those couples must go to a courthouse if they want to be legally bound. He says he can no longer in good conscience serve as an agent of the state.

"The strange situation in the United States is clergymen not only act in the name of the church, they also act in the name of the state," said Reardon, the pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago's Irving Park community. "The clergymen wear two hats. I'm making a political statement in this sense: I'm accusing the state of usurping the role of God. What I'm saying is, 'I don't agree with you and I'm going to change the way I do things. I will not act in your name. … I will not render unto Caesar that which belongs to God.'"

read more: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-orthodox-priest-refuses-marriage-licenses-met-20150702-story.html


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